MCFp works within Mathare slums and its environment. Mathare Slum is one of the oldest and the worst slums in Africa. Situated three miles east of Nairobi City’s central business district, Mathare slum is home to over 800,000 people occupying an area of two miles long by one mile wide. Because of congestion, survival is a daily battle for the residents against the backdrop of diseases, crime, prostitution and lawlessness. Life is unbearable for everyone who resides and visits the slums. Most residents are engaged in small-scale petty businesses, either in their 6 X 8’ makeshift housing structures or on narrow open raw sewer filled alleyways. Apart from having no access to basic amenities like clean water, food, clothing, shelter and healthcare, the over 800,000 residents also suffer the misfortune of having no roads that can allow for any emergency services like fire outbreak.
Mathare Children's Fund Panairobi (MCFP) was set up in 1999 to bridge the gap that exists between children’s rehabilitation programmes and the need for sustainable solutions towards educational and livelihood support. There are many rehabilitation centers/projects in Mathare (and other slums), which address children’s addictions, and which try to place rehabilitated children in school. However, these projects almost invariably lack the financial and/or organisational capacity needed place the children in schools, support them once in school, and follow up on their progress. As a result, many of the children that complete the rehabilitation programme end up on the streets again. MCFP was set up to bridge that gap. MCFp has also continued to develop other innovative projects/programs to reach more children/youths and the general community living in and around the Mathare slums and its environs (other resource constrained areas).
To support, promote and secure children’s rights to education, food, health and general well-being, especially in resource-constrained areas, through empowering participatory processes and community outreach.
A society where basic needs of all children are met, and children’s rights respected and upheld.